Chimpanzee Management Program

The NIH Chimpanzee Management Program (ChiMP) supports long-term, cost-effective housing and maintenance at NIH-supported facilities for chimpanzees. ORIP provides programmatic oversight of the facilities and ensures they comply with the Animal Welfare Act, and policies concerning laboratory animal care and use.

Chimpanzee Sanctuary

In September 2002, the first award of a contract was made to Chimp Haven, Inc Exit Disclaimer., a private, nonprofit organization, to establish and operate a chimpanzee sanctuary. This federal sanctuary system provides lifetime care of retired research chimpanzees as mandated by the Chimpanzees Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act of December 2000.

Standards were issued to implement provisions of the CHIMP Act, which authorized the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and publish standards of care for chimpanzees held in the sanctuary system. The standards apply to only those facilities receiving funds as a part of the federally-funded chimpanzee sanctuary system.

October 10, 2008, Federal Register Notice: Standards of Care for Chimpanzees Held in the Federally Supported Chimpanzee System Exit Disclaimer (183K PDF, requires free Acrobat Reader Exit Disclaimer).

Contact Information

For further information, contact:

Sheri Hild
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
One Democracy Plaza
6701 Democracy Boulevard, MSC 4874
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4874 (20817 for express mail)
Telephone: 301-435-0744
Fax: 301-480-3819



This page last reviewed on May 8, 2017